Evo Morales, already Latin America’s longest continuously serving head of state, overcame several legal obstacles to get on the ballot in 2019 to run for a controversial fourth, five-year term on the Movement toward Socialism ticket. This year, he is challenged by Carlos Mesa, a mild-mannered former journalist and historian who was president before Morales from 2003 to 2005. Morales’ best chance is to win the first round outright and stave off a runoff.
General elections will take place October 20. If no candidate gets at least 50 percent of the vote, or gets 40 percent with a 10-point margin of the nearest competitor, a runoff will be held on December 15. In the general elections, voters will also elect 130 deputies and 36 senators to the 2020–2025 legislative session.
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